Pamela Douglas

Pam has been in general practice since 1987, with special clinical interests in the care of new families; mental health; and women’s health.

Her medical research calls for a paradigm shift in the way health professionals approach the complex problem of unsettled infant behaviour, and offers integrated, evidence-based clinical guidelines.

Her research in women’s studies and creative writing explores the historical and sociocultural factors that explain why early parenthood can be so difficult, and what we as a society might do about it. This aspect of her work casts light, for example, on why different approaches to infant care are so hotly contested.

She aims to empower parents – both in her clinical practice in the non-profit Possums Clinic for families, and in her writing. She is also aims to empower health professionals who work with new families, through educational and reflective opportunities.